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Residency Appeal Process

Students who would like their residency classification reconsidered may submit an appeal. If the first level of appeal is unsuccessful, then additional levels of appeal are available.

First Appeal—Residency Classifier

Students classified as out of state, or whose status is unclear, have the opportunity to submit an application for residency reclassification to the Office of the University Registrar of the institution to which they applied. The application for reclassification with supporting documentation must be filed no later than the last day of registration in order to have the reclassification effective for the upcoming semester.

The application will be reviewed by the residency classifier. Classification will be determined and the applicant will be notified by mail.

Second Appeal—Residency Coordinator

Requests for second appeals must be made in writing to the residency coordinator within thirty (30) days of written notification of the first appeal decision. The residency coordinator will review the facts and the decision of any of the officers for consistency. The residency coordinator is empowered to reclassify a student administratively at this step in the process.

Applicants will be notified in writing of the residency coordinator’s decision.

Third Appeal—Residency Appeals Committee

Requests for third appeals must be made in writing to the residency coordinator within thirty (30) days of written notification of the second appeal decision.

The Residency Appeals Committee consists of:

  • The Residency Coordinator (an ex officio, non-voting member)
  • Administrators
  • Faculty members
  • Students (undergraduate and graduate)

Reapplying for Reclassification

Students who have exhausted the appeals process and have been denied in-state residency are eligible to reapply for reclassification the following semester if they feel that their circumstances have changed and warrant a new application. This application is seen as a new case, not a continuation of the initial appeal. The application and appeals process are the same.

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